Swamy advise PM Modi to listen to unpleasant truth

Former Union Minister and BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has advised prime minister Narendra Modi to develop a “temper” to listen to the unpleasant truth and stop “frightening” his government’s economists if he wants to drive the economy out of the crisis.

“The way Modi runs the government is that very few people can step out of the line. He should encourage people to tell to his face that no this can’t be done. But I think he has not yet developed that temper,” Swamy said.

The BJP’s Rajya Sabha member’s advise come at a time when growth has slipped to a six-year low and the government is trying various unconventional measures, including massive tax giveaways, to prop-up growth.

Swamy also blamed the demonetisation, especially the role of RBI and the finance ministry in not properly flagging the real issues or preparing well, and the hasty introduction of GST for the present crisis in the economy. He deplored that the government has not understood the policies required for higher growth.

“Today we need a method by which our economy can have a policy for the short-run, for the medium-term and for the long-term. But that is not there today. I am afraid the economists that the government has recruited seem so frightened to tell the truth to the prime minister, while the prime minister himself is focused only on the micro-projects,” he said while speaking at a book launch.

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